Osteopathy/Rolfing

Manual Osteopathy is a hands-on method of treatment whose purpose is to restore function in the body by finding and addressing the primary causes of pain and imbalance. There is an inextricable relationship between the structure and function of the body. The goal is to restore the position, mobility, and vitality to the structures of the body and allow it to return to a more natural, healthy st... Read More

Manual Osteopathy is a hands-on method of treatment whose purpose is to restore function in the body by finding and addressing the primary causes of pain and imbalance. There is an inextricable relationship between the structure and function of the body. The goal is to restore the position, mobility, and vitality to the structures of the body and allow it to return to a more natural, healthy state. At the heart of this work is the philosophy that the body has the innate ability to regulate and heal itself. The key to this process is the unimpeded circulation of the body’s fluids. These vital liquids carry many of the body’s life-sustaining compounds, such as hormones, enzymes and their secretions, immune and anti-inflammatory factors, neural impulses, nutritional elements, and dissolved gases such as oxygen. They also serve as the medium for removing and excreting the bi-products of digestion and cellular respiration. When these processes are happening optimally the body has a much greater capacity for health and wellness.

Rolfing is a hands-on method that uses slow, sustained pressure with the goal of releasing habituated patterns that lead to tension and pain. Rolfing is about change, changing the way you feel and the way you move. Client and Practitioner work together in each session, which involves client participation that involves: reaching, contracting, using the senses, and other movements to build better body awareness. The goal is to align the structure in gravity such that the human body can move with ease. You can expect results to range from better coordination, to better movement, increased body awareness, and becoming more adaptable and resilient to life’s stressors.

Clients are asked to wear attire that allows access to the back, and lower legs, therefore, running shorts and a sports bra are appropriate for women, and running shorts and shirtless for men.


Tui na Massage (Chinese Massage) and Cupping

Tui Na Tui Na is a highly effective treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is often referred to as “acupressure massage”, but it is so much more than that! Tui Na is often covered by extended health insurance under your acupuncture benefits, as Tui Na is part of the scope of practice of Reg. Acupuncturists. What is Tui Na? Tui Na is the manual manipulation of acupunc... Read More

Tui Na

Tui Na is a highly effective treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is often referred to as “acupressure massage”, but it is so much more than that! Tui Na is often covered by extended health insurance under your acupuncture benefits, as Tui Na is part of the scope of practice of Reg. Acupuncturists.

What is Tui Na?

Tui Na is the manual manipulation of acupuncture points and meridians. It is a technique that has been used for thousands of years to restore health and balance to the individual. It is similar to what most people think of as traditional massage, but it differs in many ways.

Tui Na sessions usually involve multiple different hand techniques that are used to manipulate the flow of Qi and blood in the body. In TCM, most pain and illness results from “stagnation of Qi”. In other words, when the body’s flow of energy and blood become stuck or sluggish, illness and pain result.

During a Tui Na session, your practitioner will use varying massage-like hand techniques to break up stagnation, and promote the smooth flow of Qi and Blood through out the body. While most massage treatments involve constant movement of the practitioners hands across the patient’s body, in Tui Na the practitioner may press specific points, use the side of their hand to ‘scrub’ meridians, use their fingertips to tap and ‘peck’ tight muscles, and so on. So, while certain movements in Tui Na resemble the movements used during classic massage, there are many unique techniques that are specific to Tui Na.

What is Tui Na used to treat?

Since Tui Na is used to manipulate and rebalance the flow of Qi in the body, it can be used to treat any number of illnesses, just like acupuncture and acupressure. Tui Na can be used to treat illnesses such as:

- Muscle pain & tension - High Blood Pressure
- Digestive complaints - Headaches & Migraines
- Tennis Elbow - Carpal Tunnel
- Insomnia - Painful Periods
- Inflammation - Edema
- Stress - Anxiety
- Sinus Congestion - Low Blood Pressure

Who should avoid Tui Na?

While Tui Na is a generally safe technique for most people, some caution should be used for those who bruise easily, take blood thinning medication, have a bleeding disorder, or are sensitive to massage-like techniques. Tui Na is usually safe for pregnant women, but you should inform you practitioner of your condition so that deep abdominal Tui Na can be avoided during early stages of pregnancy.


Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is one of the principal branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete, holistic and non-invasive medical system that has evolved over 3000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Acupuncture is a procedure which promotes health and alleviates pain. How Does Acupuncture Work? Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theor... Read More

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the principal branches of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). TCM is a complete, holistic and non-invasive medical system that has evolved over 3000 years to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. Acupuncture is a procedure which promotes health and alleviates pain.

How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (chee) and blood through energetic pathways in the body referred to as meridians. Qi is the animating force that gives us our capacity to move, think, and feel, in other words, our “vital force”. Meridians circulate life-giving nourishment in the form of Qi and blood to every part of the body.
In acupuncture, certain points on the body act as gateways to access and regulate the Qi in the meridians via the insertion of very fine needles. Qi regulates the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harmony of the body by keeping the energetic flows in balance. Imbalances and blockages of the body’s Qi are the root of disease processes. These imbalances may be caused by physical and emotional trauma, lack of excercise, poor nutrition, and chronic stress. Acupuncture works by rebalancing the energetic system of the body and supporting the body’s capacity to heal itself. By alleviating symptoms and treating the underlying cause of disease, acupuncture returns the body, mind and spirit to a balanced state.

Fees are covered by most extended health insurance plans. For those with MSP Premium Assistance, a portion of the fee will be reimbursed. Members of Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and the Canadian Forces get Acupuncture treatments covered.

Prepare for your appointment just as if you were going for a massage.


Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues, fascia and joints of the body to augment physical function, reduce tension and relieve pain. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. Registered Massage Therapists are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fi... Read More

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues, fascia and joints of the body to augment physical function, reduce tension and relieve pain. Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation.

Registered Massage Therapists are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. All therapists at Equilibrium Massage Therapy are Registered Health Care professionals. Massage Therapy at Equilibrium Massage Therapy is evidence based, educational, and therapeutic. Our therapists come with extensive experience and knowledge. Each therapist has a vast knowledge of anatomy, and has taken many hours of continuing education beyond their licence requirements. We strive to provide the best and fastest way to get back to the things you enjoy.